This one-year top-up programme has been created in response to the increasing privatisation of many public services and the development of the National Offender Management Service (NOMS), with the aim of addressing the skills gap faced by the private and voluntary sector tendering for and delivering these services.
This is a unique programme where you will not only learn about the significance of NOMS but also gain an understanding of how the service monitors and controls security, manages offenders and expands the provision of interventions to reduce re-offending.
This is a full-time course with around ten hours scheduled for taught sessions. This includes lectures and seminars. Therefore it is expected that you will use the remainder of the time for your independent study and work placement.
The learning outcomes seek to improve your employability by extending your intellectual and transferable skills and particularly by encouraging a focus on independent learning to solve real-life projects. These skills will equip you for a wide range of careers in the security and offender management industry.
The course will run with a minimum of six students. In 2018-19 we enrolled fourteen students on this new programme.
This course is delivered at the Derby College Roundhouse Campus on two days per week.
This course is regulated by OFS and awarded by the University of Derby.
All students get access to the UDO online platform, the Derby College Learning Resources Centre, the University of Derby library, and the College’s Moodle pages.
All applicants will be invited to an interview to discuss their qualifications, experience and any other related issues.
You should have one of the following:
You will also need:
Students wishing to progress from any other Level 5 qualification in a relevant subject will be considered on their own merit following a full mapping exercise.
We also welcome applicants who lack institutional qualifications. All such applicants will be interviewed and may be set an appropriate piece of work upon which a judgement will be made, taking into account their academic potential and relevant experience.
All applicants are subject to approval from the University of Derby.
It is expected that students will undertake around 72 hours of work placement or experiences to enhance their overall employability skills.
The degree will be assessed through a range of assignments and exams which include essays, presentations, case studies, assessment reports, independent research projects and practical activities.
You need stationery and a USB flash drive. Having your own laptop is desirable.
Additional trips and visits are usually provided as part of your study programme. However, there may be social or team building opportunities which would incur additional costs of around £15-20.
On successful completion of the programme, students may choose to extend their studies and progress to other higher education provision such as a postgraduate course, provided that they meet the minimum threshold of that particular programme.
Alternatively, they may wish to seek employment in security and offender management related careers, such as the police service, probation services, prison service, social work or youth offending agencies. Some of these fields may require further study. There is also the option of pursuing a career within the voluntary sector, working in areas such as the rehabilitation of offenders or with victims.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Derby.
*In this instance the student will remain anonymous because of the confidential nature of their career.
A former Derby College public services student is joining the National Crime Agency to help bring to justice child sex offenders and terrorists. He opted to take BTECs at the college rather than A levels because they were tailor-made for what he needed. He enjoyed the courses but admits he could have worked harder.
Then, starting a foundation degree, there was a crisis in the family. The keen student developed his knowledge and went on to gain further qualifications.
Now, after a stringent vetting process involving both himself and his family, he is awaiting a start date with the agency. He will work as a G6 officer in child sexual exploitation and anti-terrorism “alongside officers to make sure everything is ready for interviews.” “Derby College helped me massively, 100 per cent,” he said.
I had to mature quickly. I thought about dropping out, but my lecturers helped me so much, they gave me leeway. They’d ask me after a lecture how I was, personally, and gave me a little extra help.
I’d recommend the college to anybody interested in the field.